Hiring the 37-year-old Baldelli is the next step in that effort.
The mind and the heart can be powerful forces.
Rocco Baldelli will be announced as the Twins new manager Thursday, according to Fox 9 Sports in Minnesota. While manager Paul Molitor was more than open to data and modern baseball strategies - evidenced by the Twins' aggressive shifting in his tenure and usage of "the opener" in 2018 - Baldelli has spent the past seven years immersed in an analytic-based culture with the Rays. Last year, he was promoted to the newly created position of major league field coordinator, which included coaching and defensive analytics.
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That year Chariots of Fire and Raiders of the Lost Ark came to theaters, Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" was on the radio and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. His humility, his open-mindedness, but also there's a strong sense of opinion there.
The team will introduce Baldelli at a 3 p.m. press conference at Target Field.
"He's going to meet one-on-one with guys and find opportunities to enhance whoever they are as a player".
"That wasn't by design", Falvey said. "They need to connect to each player on an individual level".
Baldelli's name had been linked to several of the manager openings around the league.
The Twins finished in second place in the American League Central with a record of 78-84 this season. He spent six weeks in the minor leagues for a midseason reconditioning of his work habits and hitting approach and struck out 115 times in 299 plate appearances with the Twins.
Baldelli grew up in Rhode Island and was nicknamed "The Woonsocket Rocket" early in his career.
A talented player whose key RBIs helped Tampa Bay in its ALCS victory over the Boston Red Sox in 2008, Baldelli was forced to retire in 2011 because of a condition later diagnosed as mitochondrial channelopathy, a disease that obstructs neurological pathways and leads to extreme muscle fatigue.